In Corporate SINs
In the months leading to the 2077 gubernatorial election in Seattle, Shiawase was involved in unexplained events ranging from the sighting of an unidentified dragon above their Seattle headquarters to the discovery of clones among the candidates running for governor.
The still-mysterious indigo dragon MMFEC had only seen on Thoth's drone's pictures made a dramatic appearance above Shiawase's headquarters at the end of Ep 40. It emerged from an astral rift during a strong mana storm which incapacitated mages such as Mordecai and caused anger in many Seattleites.
Later, MMFEC climbed to the 50th floor of the Shiawase building to investigate and ultimately disrupt a magic ritual held on the plaza there. The emergency stairs used by part of MMFEC were, according to posters, part of Shiawase's healthcare program that required employees to climb 100 stairs a week.
While MMFEC and Lottie were fighting three Arislen clones, the dragon took a swipe at the top of the tower and shattered glass fell down on the plaza.
As the mass of astral energy, both a mana and physical barrier, that surrounded the area of the ritual was ultimately destroyed by MMFEC's combined efforts, the dragon cast a domination spell that calmed MMFEC, causing them to drop their weapons and leave.
Shiawase first tried to deny any links with the appearance of the dragon. Faced with evidence, they tried to minimize their role, by insisting that they had not created the Arislen clones.
This plot resumed when Miss J sent MMFEC back on the trail of the Saeder-Krupp executive Elijah Burnett who had taken Thoth's drone eye and stored it in a Shiawase warehouse until MMFEC retrieved it. By this time, Shiawase was no longer the main focus of the plot.
In the Corporate Metagame
Arislen: Former Head of Marketing Information and Forecasting Department (also referred to as the former CEO of Shiawase by Lauren). Murdered. Rumors have surfaced that he may have reappeared several months later.
Arislen's body was seen in a cryotube during the raid that rescued Saeder-Krupp executive Vorack from a warehouse. The naked man who had claimed to be Arislen was found to be a clone.
BerserkChimera: This executive chose to be identified by their Matrix handle for the interview they gave in SSN #38 about Shiawase Biodrones.
Business ventures in the Corporate Metagame
Shiawase Biotech was the number one global expert in cloning technology and the primary provider of Bioware, cloned and enhanced organs even before the acquisition of NeoNET's Biotech branch.
Shiawase gave this statement to Seattle Street News for an article about the state of the Biotech market:
“Shiawase prides itself in being the market leader in Biotechnology. Having a strong and proud heritage in biology and the cooperation with other branches within the corporation we’ve made many breakthroughs in technology used for personal health, security and energy.
Only recently we have, in conjunction with our Medicine and Pharmaceuticals department, devised a way to significantly shorten the healing process for individuals who’ve had their spines broken or severed. And within our Biotech division we’re already looking into several other ways to speed up said recovery or even apply to other parts of the body.
With Shiawase having a presence in Law Enforcement since last year, and the acquisition of NeoPets from NeoNet, we’ve made headway into biodrone research for use in security and safety. Our first biodrone, the Cybertooth Tiger, was not long ago and a big success for those who were chosen in the first wave we deployed. There is more news to follow on the biodrone front.
Last year Shiawase also made several breakthroughs in the universal Type O System, allowing us to further enhance the speed, quality and effectiveness of cultivating brand new organs. Next to that, we also introduced a brand new set of ocular and aural enhancements, not just for our mainly human customers, but also available for metahuman use.
As you can clearly see, Shiawase Biotech is on the forefront of new technology while continuing to support our other divisions. In comparison, our Biotech division is stronger than the ones of our direct competitors.[...]
In the field of biotechnology, being at a standstill only means you’ll suffer a setback. Shiawase is proud it is a market leader in this prominent field as we continue to lead into the future.
Shiawase: Advancing Life”
Contacts at Shiawase described the subsidiary of their corporation that provides food to Seattle thus:
“Aboritech, a subsidiary of Shiawase Envirotech are the quiet leaders in the agricultural sector. We pride our selves not on being the flashy brand or the fast food of Seattle, we provide the food you eat every day from basic Soy products to super luxury goods.”
Shiawase's Medicine & Pharma subsidiary, is comprised of many different companies resulting in a vast global network of healthcare available to each individual.
- Nicknamed Prince in Demmalition1's report for SSN #43.
- See Ep 35 to Ep 38.
- See Ep 41.
- See Ep 42.
- See Ep 48.
- As in Ep 41.
- See SSN #38.
- See Ep 41.
- See SSN #38.
- See SSN #41.
- I edited a direct jab at the competition out.
- See SSN #49.
- See SSN #45.
- See Shiawase's complete statement about Shiawase Omnicare in SSN #51.